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You can now download "7 SOLID ROADS TO WRITING SUCCESS" for only 99 cents at Amazon Kindle. Just click on the link above! Periodically, Amazon holds FREE days in which this e-book can be obtained ENTIRELY FREE OF CHARGE. Upcoming free days are May 23, June 19 and 20, plus July 3 and 4!

Four more useful books are "Correct Writing Formats for Contests and Publishers", "How NOT To Write Short Stories: Seven Errors To Avoid", "How Writers Win Favor with Judges & Editors", and "Poetry Pitfalls". Normal price for each of these "Essential Writers' Guide" books: 99 cents.

However, here are the days on which you can obtain these books ENTIRELY FREE OF CHARGE: May 9, 16, 23, 30, plus June 6 for " CORRECT WRITING FORMATS".

For "HOW NOT TO WRITE SHORT STORIES: SEVEN ERRORS TO AVOID": May 9, 16, 23, 30, plus June 6.

For "HOW WRITERS WIN FAVOR WITH JUDGES & EDITORS": May 9, 16, 23, 30, plus June 6.

For "NIBBLES OF NONSENSE": May 9, 16, 23, 30, plus June 6.

For "POETRY PITFALLS": May 9 and 23, plus June 13.

Yes, here's a link to one of JHR's own books of poetry: NIBBLES OF NONSENSE "Nibbles of Nonsense Hilarious Comic Verse" will cost you only $2.99, if you miss out on the FREE days. This e-book and all the e-books listed above including "7 Solid Roads to Writing Success" are also available in the U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, China, India and Spain, but you will need to do a search at the local Amazon Kindle store for them.  

Another book that will help you succeed in literary contests and writing competitions is JHR's famous handbook "WRITE WAYS TO WIN WRITING CONTESTS: How to Join the Winners' Circle for Short Story Awards, Poetry Prizes, etc." Amazon have now published a Kindle edition for only $2.99! Barnes and Noble, Sony, Apple and other e-book stores are selling a slightly more updated edition for $3.99. Please click this link for Amazon Kindle: Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS

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Do you find it hard to think up a good title and/or find exciting names for your characters? I know I do. But my problems were solved when I compiled HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS TITLE INDEX TO ALL MOVIES... Here are thousands of titles and names with proven impact. Movie titles and names are designed to attract attention. Of course, it's not a good idea to use the names of current stars and recent movies, but here are thousands of great titles and names dating back to 1920! I wish this book had been available back in the 1980s when I had a publishing contract for two novels a year. Until now I've never understood why some of my books were spectacular successes (even if rubbished by the critics), yet on the other hand, two novels, "Challenge the Wind" and "Fast Times in Paradise" that were praised to the skies by the critics and even honored with awards, struggled to sell a few hundred copies. How come? This book tells me that "Challenge" is not just a bad word, it's an absolute turn-off. Only two movie titles begin with that word, and one of them produced such a negative reaction, the movie was withdrawn and the title changed! "Fast" is another negative. The book lists only one movie beginning with the word. I should have titled the book, "My Fast Times in Paradise!" No less than seventeen movies begin with "My". It's evidently a positive word that people can relate to. This massive book (344 pages) is available in e-book editions everywhere for only 99 cents! (The Amazon link with no price shown is actually the 99 cents Kindle edition).